In general, we're big fans of public art. We've seen it bring communities together, start important dialogues, and even stir up controversy. This public art installation, SunFlowers: An Electric Garden, in Austin is sending its own message...
Each "sunflower" in the installation (by Harries/Héder) is a photovoltaic solar panel.
The great thing about the sunflowers is that they are actually functioning solar collectors (unfortunately, they aren't powering nearby homes). The power collected by the sunflowers during the day powers the sunflowers LED lights at night, illuminating a pedestrian/ bike path — while an extra 15kw is put back into the grid to offset the cost of upkeep.
What a cool idea. We wish we had a few sunflowers in our neighborhood.
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Image: David Newsom